Round Pond Estate

Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon

9.2511 ratings
9.057 pro ratings
Rutherford, Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Top Notes For
Joseph LaPanna

Deep ruby/purple in the glass. Powerful aromas of dark chocolate, violet and cassis are layered with black currant and plums. The medium plus acidity drives the lush ripe fruit in the midpallet, centered around wildflowers, baking spice and dark berries. The finish is long with polished tannins and a touch of tobacco.

Deep ruby/purple in the glass. Powerful aromas of dark chocolate, violet and cassis are layered with black currant and plums. The medium plus acidity drives the lush ripe fruit in the midpallet, centered around wildflowers, baking spice and dark berries. The finish is long with polished tannins and a touch of tobacco.

Sep 12th, 2017
Shay Aldriedge

This wine is a great example of Napa cab, especially from Rutherford. This is dark fruit, stain the glass purple, slow moving legs and lovely earthy notes on the tongue. Dusted cocoa leaves, too. Decanted about two hours and was prime. At $60'ish/bottle, this wine gives their reserve a battle for best wine. A new favorite under the $75/bottle price point.

This wine is a great example of Napa cab, especially from Rutherford. This is dark fruit, stain the glass purple, slow moving legs and lovely earthy notes on the tongue. Dusted cocoa leaves, too. Decanted about two hours and was prime. At $60'ish/bottle, this wine gives their reserve a battle for best wine. A new favorite under the $75/bottle price point.

5 people found it helpfulOct 19th, 2016
Donald Patz

Owner/Winemaker Patz & Hall

9.5

I really like. Classic Napa Valley Cabernet.

I really like. Classic Napa Valley Cabernet.

3 people found it helpfulMay 31st, 2014
Julian Mercado

Co-Founder CorkExclusive

9.8

Perhaps Round Ponds flagship wine. Classic Rutherford style. dry. Long finish.

Perhaps Round Ponds flagship wine. Classic Rutherford style. dry. Long finish.

2 people found it helpfulNov 15th, 2014
Brandon Farley

We love this 2010 Round Pound Cab.

We love this 2010 Round Pound Cab.

2 people found it helpfulOct 11th, 2013
TheSkip

This is a mildly interesting story. Well, in fact, it's only interesting to me because I benefitted.

You may recall my previous BMW posting on Round Pond, how it was corked and how I was unlikely going to give them another chance. Well, the wine gods intervened and here I am.

I was on my way down to Boston and I made my typical stop at the New Hampshire liquor outlet. For those of you not in the know, it's probably the only liquor store in the US that has a dedicated off ramp from the interstate. It serves as the de facto rest area for the brief 20miles one is in NH on I95.

Every time I'm in there, it seems they are posting sale tags on the wine shelves. Well, I happened to see that this wine was (probably) confused for the cheaper Kith and Kin. They were strangely several shelves apart. On sale for $28. Plus an additional 15% off purchases seasonal sale! I said what the hell and picked up 4. Of course, it came up at $50ish but when I pointed out the price tag. Bam. $25 out the door.

An old friend of mine had a saying: free food tastes better and free clothes wear better. So, with that in mind, here goes...

Decanted 2 hours. The wine is deep dark red with almost no translucency. The nose is fairly intense. Lavender, cassis and leather. There is some mild heat in there as well.

The palate is rich and full bodied. The wine coats the mouth and the intensity from the nose continues. Cassis and dark fruits. Moderate to firm tannins. Nice finish. Definite notes of Rutherford dust.

This is a mildly interesting story. Well, in fact, it's only interesting to me because I benefitted.

You may recall my previous BMW posting on Round Pond, how it was corked and how I was unlikely going to give them another chance. Well, the wine gods intervened and here I am.

I was on my way down to Boston and I made my typical stop at the New Hampshire liquor outlet. For those of you not in the know, it's probably the only liquor store in the US that has a dedicated off ramp from the interstate. It serves as the de facto rest area for the brief 20miles one is in NH on I95.

Every time I'm in there, it seems they are posting sale tags on the wine shelves. Well, I happened to see that this wine was (probably) confused for the cheaper Kith and Kin. They were strangely several shelves apart. On sale for $28. Plus an additional 15% off purchases seasonal sale! I said what the hell and picked up 4. Of course, it came up at $50ish but when I pointed out the price tag. Bam. $25 out the door.

An old friend of mine had a saying: free food tastes better and free clothes wear better. So, with that in mind, here goes...

Decanted 2 hours. The wine is deep dark red with almost no translucency. The nose is fairly intense. Lavender, cassis and leather. There is some mild heat in there as well.

The palate is rich and full bodied. The wine coats the mouth and the intensity from the nose continues. Cassis and dark fruits. Moderate to firm tannins. Nice finish. Definite notes of Rutherford dust.

1 person found it helpfulSep 10th, 2016
Ron R
9.3

Syrop du cassis, barrel toast and caramel on the nose. On the palette, it's impressive. The mouthfeel is rich and plush. Tannins are ripe, and need time to resolve. Wonderful Cabernet expression. Finishes luscious and layered, with deep, dark fruits. This is standout.

Syrop du cassis, barrel toast and caramel on the nose. On the palette, it's impressive. The mouthfeel is rich and plush. Tannins are ripe, and need time to resolve. Wonderful Cabernet expression. Finishes luscious and layered, with deep, dark fruits. This is standout.

1 person found it helpfulJul 1st, 2016
Margo Lamb

This is one of the smoothest wines i have tasted.

This is one of the smoothest wines i have tasted.

1 person found it helpfulOct 26th, 2015
Holly Orchard

Certified Sommelier, President of Savvy Cellar Wines Inc.

8.6

Am I drinking the same wine as everyone else?? The nose was sooo promising with notes of bramble, leather, pencil shavings and dark fruit. The palate fell short with the dark fruits tasting more stewed, the structure was clunky, and the alcohol felt higher than the listed 14.5%. All the structure seemed to come from the oak and even that was slipping away. Simply put, this was disappointing and not meant to be aged, even for a half dozen years.

Am I drinking the same wine as everyone else?? The nose was sooo promising with notes of bramble, leather, pencil shavings and dark fruit. The palate fell short with the dark fruits tasting more stewed, the structure was clunky, and the alcohol felt higher than the listed 14.5%. All the structure seemed to come from the oak and even that was slipping away. Simply put, this was disappointing and not meant to be aged, even for a half dozen years.

Jul 5th, 2017
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.0

Little simple but nice. Better eats. @ Pebble Beach Food & Wine.

Little simple but nice. Better eats. @ Pebble Beach Food & Wine.

Apr 23rd, 2017